Walt Dohrn

Prior to directing Trolls Band Together, Dohrn made his directorial debut with DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour after serving as co-director on the first installment of the blockbuster franchise. As one of DreamWorks Animation’s most trusted story experts, Dohrn previously served as head of story on Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Shrek Forever After.

A multi- talented artist, Dohrn has on many occasions lent his voice to various characters in DreamWorks Animation films, most recently as “King Peppy” and “Cloud Guy” in the Trolls films. In the global blockbuster Shrek Forever After, he made his debut as a voice performer in a leading role, bringing to life the conniving and hilarious villain Rumpelstiltskin, earning him numerous accolades. Perfecting the character’s performance came naturally to Dohrn, as he additionally served as head of story for the film. In that capacity, Dohrn was responsible for supervising the development of the film’s plot, working in close collaboration with director Mike Mitchell and supervising a team of story artists.

Since joining DreamWorks Animation in 2002, Dohrn’s additional credits include Rise of the Guardians, Shrek the Third, Madagascar, Shark Tale, and Shrek 2. In addition, Dohrn wrote the lyrics for the songs “Final Showdown” (Shrek the Third) and “Fairy Godmother Song” (Shrek 2).

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, he worked as a storyboard artist, writer, and director on the critically acclaimed and audience favorites SpongeBob Squarepants and Dexter’s Laboratory. Dohrn is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and ASIFA-Hollywood.